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  • Putin: You’re next, Kazakhstan

    08/29/2014 2:19:38 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/29/2014 | Noah Rothman
    When Russian President Vladimir Putin began referring to portions of Ukraine by their Tsarist-era name, Novorossiya, Russia hands expressed alarm. Novorossiya, or “New Russia,” incorporates the area of Southern Ukraine from Donbass to the present day border with Moldova. Some suggested that Putin’s brazen invasion and annexation of the Crimean Peninsula was a prelude to a much more significant land grab. They noted that Putin could have designs on the entirety of Southern Ukraine, linking Russia to the portion of Moldova known as Transnistria, an area which has been under Russian occupation for years and is already a de...
  • Ukraine to seek Nato membership, says PM Yatsenyuk

    08/29/2014 2:18:05 PM PDT · by FreeReign · 46 replies
    BBC ^ | 29 August 2014 | -
    Ukraine's prime minister has said he will ask parliament to put the country on a path towards Nato membership. Arseny Yatsenyuk said the government was sending a bill to MPs urging that Ukraine's non-bloc status be cancelled. The remarks come as Nato holds an emergency meeting to discuss the crisis in eastern Ukraine. The West has stepped up its accusations of direct Russian involvement in the conflict, following advances by pro-Russian rebels. On Thursday Nato released satellite images it said showed Russian forces inside Ukraine. and said more than 1,000 troops were operating there.
  • Eastern Ukraine rebel leader agrees to let encircled Ukraine troops leave

    08/29/2014 2:11:33 PM PDT · by NUABob · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 29, 2014 | Reuters
    (Reuters) - A leader of pro-Moscow rebel forces in eastern Ukraine, Alexander Zakharchenko, said on Friday he had agreed to open a humanitarian corridor for encircled Ukraine troops after Russian President Vladimir Putin's statement.
  • Russian rouble falls to new low on sanctions threat

    08/29/2014 1:30:50 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies ^ | August 29, 2014
    The Russian rouble fell to a record low against the dollar as investors fear further sanctions against the nation. The rouble fell to 37.03 per dollar on Friday, its worst valuation since the currency was restructured in 1998. The tumble comes weeks after Russia's central bank pledged to intervene less in the currency's valuation. It also follows peace talks in Minsk between Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Minsk. The market may have found the talks "disappointing" and renewed its concern over sanctions, said Manik Narain, emerging market strategist at UBS. .... Russian stocks also fell....
  • Russia will not risk entanglement in southeast Ukraine

    08/29/2014 12:23:45 PM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 12 replies
    Russia in Global Affairs ^ | 8 May 2014 | Vassily Kashin
    It appears that the Russian leadership has taken a decision to refrain in principle from an open military intervention in southeast Ukraine. That much follows from the reported details of a telephone conversation between the Russian and U.S. defense ministers and the alleged subsequent withdrawal of Russian troops from the border with Ukraine. That, in turn, served as a starting point for a new and more active phase of the military operation against pro-autonomy gunmen by Ukrainian government forces.
  • No, Russia Will Not Intervene in Ukraine

    08/29/2014 12:04:05 PM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 3 replies
    TIME ^ | 25 Feb 14 | Simon Shuster
    Moscow will be content to watch Ukraine's new revolutionary leaders succumb to factional infighting and the pressures of the country's basket-case economy ========================================================= Vladimir Putin has been here before. A decade ago, when he was starting his second term as Russia’s President, a popular uprising broke out in Ukraine. It took no more than a few weeks to break the bond of centuries between the two biggest countries in Eastern Europe. The current revolution in Ukraine looks very different. Unlike the peaceful Orange Revolution, this one has been violent and has dragged on for months. But the questions it has...
  • 'It's better not to mess with Russia': Putin issues veiled threat to the West (TITLE SHORTENED)

    08/29/2014 11:27:05 AM PDT · by F15Eagle · 135 replies
    MailOnline ^ | Published: 03:50 EST, 29 August 2014 | Updated: 13:12 EST, 29 August 2014 | By Matthew Blake and Will Stewart for MailOnline
    Vladimir Putin warned the world not to cross him today as he reminded the West of Russia's vast nuclear arsenal and declared: 'It is better not to mess with Russia.' The Russian president issued the thinly-veiled threat hours after Nato launched a blistering attack on Russia, accusing the former Soviet state of a 'blatant violation' of Ukraine's sovereignty by deploying heavily-armed troops to help rebels. Putin responded by comparing Ukraine's siege of two cities held by separatists, Donetsk and Luhansk, to the siege of Leningrad by Nazi Germany in World War Two And he flexed his country's muscles further by...
  • Russia's move to sell S-400 missiles to China may rile India

    08/29/2014 10:10:04 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Press Trust of India ^ | August 29, 2014
    The deal between Beijing and Moscow can dramatically alter the balance of power in South Asia Russia's reported plan to sell advanced S-400 anti-aircraft missile system to China may rile wary neighbours, especially India, as Moscow and Beijing moved closer in the backdrop of deepening Ukrainian crisis, according to a media report. A recent comment by Kremlin's chief of staff, Sergei Ivanov, "the chances that China may be the first foreign buyer of S-400s are high," cited by official Voice of Russia, has sparked off speculation that the two countries have moved closer to clinch the deal that was dragged...
  • Notorious Navy spy John Walker dies in NC federal prison

    08/29/2014 9:21:29 AM PDT · by fredhead · 51 replies
    WTKR ^ | 8/29/2014 | Becca Mitchell
    The man responsible for what the military called the Navy’s biggest betrayal is dead. John Anthony Walker, the former Senior Warrant Officer from Norfolk who supplied the Soviets with damaging tactical and military data, died in federal prison on Thursday in Butner, North Carolina. 29 years ago, Walker’s career as a spy came to an end in Norfolk Federal Court.
  • Putin hails Ukraine separatists; Kiev raises prospect of joining NATO

    08/29/2014 9:02:43 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 71 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 29 Aug 14 | Karoun Demirjian and William Branigin
    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday hailed pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine as “insurgents” battling an army that he likened to Nazi invaders during World War II, and the Ukrainian government raised the prospect of joining NATO as it seeks help in repelling what it calls an outright Russian military invasion of its territory.
  • Obama's Logical, Fanatical Foreign Policy

    08/29/2014 7:16:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | August 29, 2014 | John Ransom
    After World War I the third rate minds who brought us the conflict to begin with came up with another stupid idea: They decided to divide up former German, Austrian and Turkish empires into separate countries, like Czechoslovakia, and create makeshifts, like the Danzig Corridor. Germany lost territory to Poland to create a land corridor to Danzig that gave Poland access to the sea.Never mind that it cleaved a country in two. It was these territorial wedges-- wedges that diced up ethnicity-- that Hitler used to gain legitimacy in the eyes of Germans. By cutting up countries in defiance of...
  • Putin's Plan? Or Kremlin Chaos?

    08/29/2014 6:11:56 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 9 replies
    RFE/RL ^ | August 29, 2014 | Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty
    Is that all just part of the plan? Or is Putin himself becoming erratic? And is the collective Putin coming unglued?
  • Russia Lies About Invading Ukraine as It Invades Ukraine

    08/29/2014 5:46:23 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 34 replies
    TDB ^ | 28 Aug 14 | Anna Nemtsova 
    As Russia troops and tanks make an apparent bid to open the land route to annexed Crimea, discontent is growing in the motherland about the obvious but oft-denied war in Ukraine. MOSCOW, Russia – Where U.S. President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have failed to make Russian President Vladimir Putin acknowledge his ever-more-overt invasion of Ukraine and think about pulling back, Valentina Melnikova, the head of Russia’s famous Soldiers’ Mothers Committee, might just have a chance. Early Thursday morning, Melnikova started getting phone calls from Russian army bosses. All of them, from the deputy defense minister to the...
  • Kremlin 'modus operandi' origins in Afghanistan, Chechnya and Georgia invasions

    08/29/2014 1:26:50 AM PDT · by se99tp · 7 replies
    CCDreport ^ | August 29th, 2014
    The Kremlin regime continues to misinform the Western audience trying to convince that that Ukrainian war is its internal issue. How successful it will be? It depends when the Western media will decide to finally report the bigger picture of this war.
  • Petro-dollar era is officially over as Gazprom begins sales in Yuan and Rouble

    08/29/2014 12:43:49 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 9 replies
    Exeminer ^ | August 27, 2014 | Kenneth Schortgen Jr
    Aug. 27 will officially go down as a red letter day in the history of reserve currencies and dollar hegemony in how oil and gas are purchased throughout the world. In a new announcement from the Russian business media source, Kommersant, Gazprom has conducted the first sale of oil in a currency other than the dollar, and will henceforth open their purchase window to accept both Roubles and Yuan for the exchange of oil and gas products. Beginning today with an 80000 ton oil shipment from their Arctic fields, Gazprom Neft agreed to new terms on the sale and transfer...
  • Iraq forces mass in bid to break jihadist siege of Turkmen town

    08/27/2014 8:45:24 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 4 replies
    AFP via BI ^ | Aug. 27, 2014, 9:33 AM | Marwan Ibrahim
    Kirkuk (Iraq) (AFP) - Iraq was massing forces Wednesday for an operation to break a two-month jihadist siege of the Shiite Turkmen town of Amerli, amid growing fears for residents short of food and water. The imminent counter-offensive comes amid reports that US President Barack Obama is weighing a decision to authorise air strikes and aid drops in the area to assist around 12,000 residents trapped in the northern town. According to a civilian volunteer commander, thousands of Shiite militiamen from groups including Asaib Ahl al-Haq and the Badr Organisation are gathering in the Tuz Khurmatu area of Salaheddin province,...
  • U.S. Official Says 1,000 Russian Troops Have Entered Ukraine ["Full-Scale Invasion"!] Re-Set Button?

    08/28/2014 8:49:38 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 53 replies
    CNN ^ | August 28, 2014 | Victoria Butenko, Laura Smith-Spark and Diana Magnay
    U.S. Official Says 1,000 Russian Troops Have Entered Ukraine By Victoria Butenko, Laura Smith-Spark and Diana Magnay, CNN August 28, 2014 Kiev, Ukraine (CNN) -- A top Ukrainian army officer said a "full-scale invasion" of his country was under way Thursday, as a U.S. official said up to 1,000 Russian troops had crossed Ukraine's southern border to fight alongside pro-Russian rebels. U.S. officials said Russian troops were directly involved in the latest fighting, despite Moscow's denials. Russian Combat Forces Inside the Territory of Ukraine Russian Combat Forces Inside the Territory of Ukraine Rebels backed by Russian tanks and armored personnel...
  • Western Sanctions And Rising Debts Are Already Strangling The Russian Economy

    08/28/2014 8:43:36 PM PDT · by Tau Food · 9 replies
    Forbes ^ | August 28, 2014 | Paul Roderick Gregory
    As Russia scrambles to refinance maturing debt, stabilize the ruble, and battles to halt the collapse of investment in new plant and equipment, Russia will draw down its official reserves and rainy-day funds, capital flight will accelerate, perhaps to unsustainable levels, and economic growth will collapse, perhaps as much as during the financial crisis of 2009. The longer the sanctions stay in place, the worse the consequences. . . . Vladimir Putin has maintained his hold on power via an implicit bargain that he will produce rising standards of living and ensure that pensions and wages are paid on time....
  • Iran says tested new nuclear enrichment machine, may irk West

    08/27/2014 6:02:14 PM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Iran has conducted "mechanical" tests on a new, advanced machine to refine uranium, a senior official was quoted as saying on Wednesday, a disclosure that may annoy Western states pushing Tehran to scale back its nuclear programme. Iran's development of new centrifuges to replace its current breakdown-prone model is watched closely by Western officials. It could allow the Islamic Republic to amass potential atomic bomb material much faster. Tehran says its nuclear programme is peaceful and that it produces low-enriched uranium only to make fuel for a planned network of atomic energy plants. If processed to a high fissile concentration,...
  • Russia Sends Tanks And Troops Into Ukraine, Seizes A Strategic Town [Obama Freezes!]

    08/28/2014 8:20:33 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 38 replies
    LATimes ^ | August 28, 2014 | VICTORIA BUTENKO, CAROL J. WILLIAMS
    Russia Sends Tanks And Troops Into Ukraine, Seizes A Strategic Town By VICTORIA BUTENKO, CAROL J. WILLIAMS NATO confirms major incursion of Russian troops and armor into eastern Ukraine Russia's goal is to permanently destabilize Ukraine, NATO official says Ukrainian president cancels trip abroad, convenes emergency security meeting on Russian incursion Russian tanks and troops fired their way into eastern Ukraine on Thursday and seized a strategic gateway town on the road to the heavily militarized Crimean peninsula in a brazen display of support for pro-Russia separatists fighting Ukrainian government troops. Defense officials in Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, said two...
  • Army wives urge Russia to come clean on soldiers in Ukraine

    08/28/2014 6:57:26 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 5 replies ^ | August 28, 2014 | Anna Smolchenko
    Kostroma (Russia) (AFP) - Several dozen women gathered outside a military base in central Russia on Thursday to demand that commanders come clean about the whereabouts of their husbands after reports of secret funerals for soldiers covertly sent to Ukraine. The women -- mostly in their 20s, a few with small children -- huddled outside a base that houses paratroopers in Kostroma, around 300 kilometres (200 miles) north of Moscow. Some 350 soldiers from the city were this month sent on military drills to the border with Ukraine and then went incommunicado, said one of the women, 26-year-old Valeria Sokolova....
  • #BBCTrending: Canada and Russia in Twitter fight over map

    08/28/2014 6:24:35 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 5 replies
    bbc ^ | 28 August 2014
    Russia posted this map in response to Canada's Twitter That's the message the Canadian Nato delegation tweeted, in map form, to Russian soldiers "who keep getting lost and 'accidentally' entering Ukraine". "Geography can be tough," it notes snarkily. On Tuesday Ukraine released video of Russian paratroopers it says it captured within its eastern border. In response, Russian military sources said the men had crossed an unmarked portion of the border "by accident". Canadian officials, it seems, aren't buying the story. Since the tweet went live, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has alleged that Russian troops have been "deployed" in eastern Ukraine...
  • Obama dodges on Ukraine invasion

    08/28/2014 2:48:38 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 22 replies ^ | August 28, 2014 | Justin Sink
    President Obama on Thursday sidestepped the question of whether Russia has mounted an invasion of Ukraine, describing the movement of troops and equipment across the border as an "incursion" and "continuation of what's been taking place" in the region. Obama accused Russia of "deliberately and repeatedly" violating the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, and vowed "more costs and consequences" from the United States and its allies. "The separatists are trained by Russia, they are armed by Russia, they are funded by Russia," Obama said. "Russia has deliberately and repeatedly violated the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, and the...
  • Russia Is Burying Soldiers in Unmarked Graves Just to Conceal Their Role in Ukraine

    08/28/2014 2:37:32 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies ^ | August 28, 2014 | Josh Kovensky
    ussia invaded Ukraine months ago, but President Vladimir Putin’s forces escalated the fighting this week. NATO announced that over 1,000 Russian soldiers are operating in the country’s Eastern region, while there are reports that regular Russian forces are barreling along the Sea of Azov toward the port city of Mariupol. Ongoing fighting between Russian and Ukrainian soldiers has left scores of Russians dead and wounded, with military hospitals near the border overflowing with injured troops and 100 Russian soldiers possibly killed in a single battle last week. So, with dead and wounded Russian soldiers now being trucked back to the...
  • UKRAINE: NATO Releases Satellite Evidence That Russia Is Lying About Invading Ukraine

    08/28/2014 1:51:50 PM PDT · by · 11 replies
    NATO released a series of satellite images: "Russian combat soldiers, equipped with heavy weaponry ... operating inside Ukraine’s sovereign territory." NATO website, the photos "confirmed what NATO and its Allies had been seeing for weeks from other sources." This is a direct contradiction of statements made by Kremlin officials and a pro-Russian separatist leader all of the Russian troops who had entered the country were on "their vacations" and assisting the separatists on a volunteer basis. Tak said indicated "substantial numbers of Russian combat troops inside Ukraine" as well as "large quantities of advanced weapons, including air defense systems, artillery,...
  • Canada’s Baird slams Putin over ‘invasion’ of Ukraine

    08/28/2014 2:25:46 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies ^ | August 28, 2014 | JOSH WINGROVE
    The apparent presence of Russian troops in Eastern Ukraine amounts to an “active invasion,” Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said, calling Russia’s advance an “absolutely reckless” and “shamelessly dishonest” provocation leading up to a NATO summit next week. .... “This is absolutely unacceptable, irresponsible and absolutely reckless. It is also deeply and shamelessly dishonest. While Russian President Putin talked about ceasefires with [Ukraine] President [Petro] Poroshenko in Minsk, his military was busy fighting on Ukrainian soil,” Mr. Baird told reporters Thursday in a conference call from Croatia. “Russia’s credibility was very limited after the dishonesty and deception over Crimea....
  • Vladimir Putin: The Return of the CommuNazi

    08/28/2014 2:09:07 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies ^ | August 28, 2014 | Austin Bay
    In August 1939 -- 75 years ago this week -- Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin signed the Hitler-Stalin Pact. In the wake of the Russo-German alliance, newspaper wits coined the term "ComunNazi." Communist-Nazi. Yes, "red" and "brown" entwined as the dictatorships they are. The two dictators' legions of liars hailed the deal as a peace treaty. Peace? Eastern Europeans in the dictators' gun sights scorned the falsehood. "Peace in our time, " Neville Chamberlain had proclaimed after the wretched Munich deal of 1938, which gave Hitler permission to annex slices of Czechoslovakia. Of course, when given a slice, Hitler annexed...
  • U.S. Officials Won’t Call Russia’s Invasion Of Ukraine An “Invasion”

    08/28/2014 11:16:24 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 81 replies
    BuzzFeedNews ^ | August 28, 2014 | Rosie Gray
    Whatever you do, don’t call it an invasion. U.S. officials are refusing to call Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine this week an invasion, and the issue is not on the agenda for Thursday’s National Security Council meeting. “Today the president is meeting with his National Security Council to discuss the situation in Iraq and Syria, our ongoing efforts to support the Iraqi government, and our efforts to counter the threat posed by ISIL,” a White House official said on Thursday when asked if the situation in Ukraine would also be a part of the meeting. “You should not expect that...
  • Over 100 Russian soldiers killed in eastern Ukraine: Russian rights activists

    08/28/2014 10:57:01 AM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 48 replies
    Reuters ^ | Aug 28, 2014 | Reporting by Thomas Grove; Editing by Christian Lowe
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - More than 100 Russian soldiers were killed in eastern Ukraine in a battle this month while helping pro-Russian separatists fight Ukrainian troops, two members of the Russian presidential human rights council said on Thursday, citing accounts of eye-witness and relatives of the dead. Ella Polyakova and Sergei Krivenko, both members of the council, said around 300 people were also injured in the violence on Aug. 13 near the town of Snizhnye in Donetsk Province, when a column of trucks full of ammunition they were driving was hit by a sustained volley of Grad missiles. "A column of...
  • Russia denies reports of military presence in Ukraine

    08/28/2014 10:16:01 AM PDT · by McGruff · 30 replies
    REUTERS ^ | Aug 28, 2014
    Russia's defence ministry on Thursday strongly denied reports that Russian military units were operating in Ukraine.
  • Russia Economy in Trouble, Official Says

    08/28/2014 9:32:03 AM PDT · by Tau Food · 20 replies
    Forbes ^ | August 25, 2014 | Kenneth Rapoza
    Not too long ago, top officials within the Russian government said Western sanctions were not going to hurt. A couple of months later, reality has settled in. Russia’s Economic Development Minister, Alexei Ulyukayev, said the economy had many obstacles and entered a negative growth cycle. In an op-ed published in the Vedomosti newspaper Monday, Ulyukayev wrote, “ It could be said that we have entered a negative stage of the economic cycle. Lack of demand is a significant obstacle on the way to restoring steady growth.” Sanctions are not helping matters.
  • Russian media report 'invasion of Ukraine'

    08/28/2014 7:52:10 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 55 replies
    BBC ^ | 28 August 2014 Last updated at 08:32 ET | BBC
    Reports that Russian troops are intervening directly in the fighting in south-east Ukraine have started to appear in Russian media, despite repeated denials from the Kremlin. Newspapers and websites are quoting mainly Ukrainian and Western media reports about a Russian invasion, but some have also started to ask whether Moscow is now "fighting a war". Many Russian social media users, however, say they have no doubt that Ukraine has been "attacked". They echo sentiments in the Ukrainian twitter-sphere where #russiainvadesukraine, #StopPutin, and #UkraineUnderAttack have become the top trending hashtags.
  • Donbas Insurgent Leader Confirms: Thousands of Russian Army Soldiers Fighting in Ukraine (video)

    08/28/2014 7:42:34 AM PDT · by GeronL · 145 replies
    Ukraine Today ^ | Aug 28, 2014 | Ukraine Today
    Ukraine Today: A militant leader in Ukraine's eastern city of Donetsk has admitted that Russian soldiers are fighting among his forces in the insurgency. Alexander Zakharchenko, the prime minister of the so-called Donetsk People's Republic, told Russian media that between 3,000 and 4,000 Russian soldiers on leave from their posts have been fighting in the insurgency.
  • Ukraine Says Russian Forces Lead Major New Offensive in East

    08/28/2014 6:34:04 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 11 replies
    New York Times via CNBC ^ | 08/27/14 | Andrew E. Kramer and Michael R. Gordon
    Tanks, artillery and infantry have crossed from Russia into an unbreached part of eastern Ukraine in recent days, attacking Ukrainian forces and causing panic and wholesale retreat not only in this small border town but a wide swath of territory, in what Ukrainian and Western military officials are calling a stealth invasion. The attacks outside this city and in an area to the north essentially have opened a new, third front in the war in eastern Ukraine between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists, along with the fighting outside the cities of Donetsk and Luhansk.
  • Russian armored columns said to capture key Ukrainian town

    08/28/2014 7:36:36 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 66 replies
    WP ^ | August 28, 2014 | By Annie Gowen and Karoun Demirjian
    KIEV, Ukraine — Russian forces in two armored columns captured a key southeastern coastal town near the Russian border Thursday after Ukrainian forces retreated in the face of superior firepower, a Ukrainian military spokesman said. The two Russian columns, including tanks and armored fighting vehicles, entered the town of Novoazovsk on the Sea of Azov after a battle in which Ukrainian army positions came under fire from Grad rockets launched from Russian territory, according to the spokesman, Col. Andriy Lysenko. “Our border servicemen and guardsmen retreated as they did not have heavy equipment,” Lysenko said in a statement. Ukrainian authorities...
  • Leonid Kravchuk: Crimea will soon ask to be readmitted back into Ukraine

    08/28/2014 7:36:29 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 8 replies
    Zik TV ^ | Friday 11 july, 2014, 07:00 | Zik TV
    Addressing an international forum in Warsaw, ex-Pres Leonid Kravchuk said time will soon come when Crimean residents will ask to readmit them back into Ukraine, Ukrinform reports July 11. “Three million Crimeans cannot tolerate their present miserable life,” he said.
  • LIVE Ukraine accuses Russia of invasion

    08/28/2014 3:48:11 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 13 replies
    BBC ^ | LIVE | BBC
    Key Points Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says Russia has sent troops to eastern Ukraine.Mr Poroshenko cancelled a trip to Turkey and called urgent meetings of officials to consider Ukraine's response.The accusation came as pro-Russian rebels seized control of Novoazovsk in the south-east, threatening to take the port of Mariupol next.Alexander Zakharchenko, a pro-Russian rebel leader in eastern Ukraine, said 3-4,000 Russian citizens were fighting with the rebels.The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe is holding urgent talks on the crisis.All times BST (GMT + 1 hour).
  • 'Russian troops deployed' in Ukraine - Poroshenko

    08/28/2014 3:43:50 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    BBC ^ | 28 August 2014 Last updated at 06:31 ET | BBC
    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has cancelled a visit to Turkey, citing "Russian troop deployments" in the east of the country. Mr Poroshenko said his place was in Kiev in view of a sharp deterioration in the situation in Donetsk region. His announcement came as pro-Russian rebels captured the seaside town of Novoazovsk and threatened to take the strategic port city of Mariupol. The rebel successes constitute the opening of a new front in the conflict. Mr Poroshenko said he was calling a meeting of the Ukrainian security council. He added that Ukraine would initiate an emergency session of the United...
  • Ukraine crisis: T-72 tank shoots hole in Russian denial

    08/28/2014 3:38:11 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | 27 August 2014 | Jonathan Marcus BBC diplomatic correspondent
    Russia has consistently denied sending tanks into Ukraine, arguing that any vehicles used by separatist forces there must have been captured from the Ukrainian army itself. But now experts at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London have told the BBC that they have identified a Russian tank in a separatist column in eastern Ukraine that they say could only have come from across the border in Russia.
  • Russia has offered it's version of association between Ukraine with EU

    08/28/2014 1:11:16 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 1 replies
    Russia will offer Ukraine and EU amendments to their agreement on association, the Vedomosti newspaper writes on Thursday with reference to the Assistant to the President of the Russian Federation Andrey Belousov and the head of the Ministry of Economic Development Alexey Ulyukaev. The agreement of Ukraine and EU will be ratified in the fall, it provides free trade zone creation. Ukraine should nullify the majority of import duties for goods of EU, to accept the European phytosanitary norms and manufacturing regulations. According to Putin, it means that the Ukrainian market will actually be closed for the Russian goods, and...
  • Russian Captured Paratroops Claim Innocence in Kiev News Conference

    08/27/2014 11:29:06 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Aug. 28 2014 08:32 Aug. 28 2014 08:32 | Reuters
    A group of Russian paratroopers captured by Ukrainian forces gave a news conference on Wednesday in which they maintained their innocence.
  • Al Qaeda magazine hints of looming attack; urges bombing of Vegas, military targets

    08/27/2014 11:21:31 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 6 replies
    · ^ | August 28, 2014 | Lisa Daftari
    A new English-language Al Qaeda magazine features a how-to article on making car bombs and suggests terror targets in the United States, including casinos in Las Vegas, oil tankers and military colleges, and implies that an attack is imminent. The online publication, called “Palestine-Betrayal of the Guilty Conscience Al-Malahem” and put out by the media arm of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, calls for Muslims around the world to follow “the recipe” provided to set off car bombs in crowded venues. It includes a timeline of "selected jihadi operations" that the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI),...
  • Russians, Chinese keen to buy EU passports from Malta

    08/27/2014 8:52:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 26.08.14 @ 08:30 | Andrew Rettman
    Russians, Chinese, and people from the Middle East have shown the most interest in Malta’s sale of EU passports so far. A spokeswoman for Henley & Partners, the British firm handling the controversial passport scheme, told EUobserver that “over 200” people from 30 different nationalities have applied since it got up and running in early 2014. She added that: “The main geographic areas from which applicants originate are the MENA [Middle East and north Africa] region, Russia, China, and South East Asia”. She also said the well-heeled applicants will bring in more than €200 million in foreign investment to the...
  • Canada’s delegation to NATO mocks Russia with snarky tweet over Ukrainian incursion

    08/27/2014 8:43:23 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 11 replies
    National Post ^ | August 27, 2014 | Josh Visser
    With Ukraine’s government airing videos of unwelcome Russian soldiers in its territory, Canada’s delegation to NATO offered Moscow an unsolicited lesson in geography Wednesday. “Geography can be tough. Here’s a guide for Russian soldiers who keep getting lost & ‘accidentally’ entering Ukraine,” the delegation’s Twitter account said, with a picture of a map marked “Russia” in red and “Not Russia” in blue.
  • Russia accepts Ukraine’s European integration, loath to give back Crimea

    08/27/2014 7:47:27 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 38 replies
    Zik TV ^ | Wednesday 27 august, 2014, 08:54 | Zik TV
    The Minsk meeting indicated that Russia will accept Ukraine’s integration in Europe, but won’t give Crimea back, political expert Olesya Yahno said, speaking on ICTV late Aug. 26.
  • Captured Russian paratroopers want Putin to stop sending servicemen to Ukraine

    08/27/2014 7:43:47 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX
    Zik TV ^ | Tuesday 26 august, 2014, 12:44 | Zik TV
    The 10 captured Russian paratroopers told about the purpose of their invasion of Ukraine.
  • Urgent: Checking and savings account information stolen from major banks

    08/27/2014 7:30:24 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 107 replies ^ | 8-27-14 | Kim Kommando
    Word has leaked that JPMorgan Chase and possibly four other banks have been hacked. Details are scarce at this point, but the FBI and other government agencies are involved in the investigation. The hack allegedly took place earlier in August and hackers have siphoned off huge amounts of sensitive data from Chase, including checking and savings account information. Even more concerning, sources say that the attack goes "far beyond the capabilities of ordinary hackers." Given the timing, some security experts are speculating it was the work of high-level Russian hackers. According to an inside source, there has been no increase...
  • Pro-Russia Forces Gain Ground as Ukraine’s Volunteer Battalions Decry Kiev Leaders

    08/27/2014 7:06:47 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 50 replies
    Vice News ^ | 8-27-2014 | Harriet Salem
    <p>As Russia forces push forward towards the southeastern Ukraine coastal city of Mariupol and evidence mounts of direct Russian military support to the insurgent fighters, besieged volunteer units of "patriots" leading the way in the country's fight back say they are not receiving enough support from Kiev to win the war.</p>
  • Russian Paratroopers Confirmed Killed in Ukraine

    08/27/2014 6:41:47 PM PDT · by Yashcheritsiy
    Commentary Magazine ^ | August 27, 2014 | Michael Rubin
    It is well-documented now how Russians have been living in a bubble with regard to news coverage of what has been going on in (and over) Ukraine. In the Russian narrative, the Ukrainians are all aggressive fascists and neo-Nazis seeking to victimize ethnic Russians, and while Russian humanitarian relief is heading into Ukraine, the idea that Russian forces are fighting there is nothing but nonsense. Now, fortunately, that bubble is bursting. First there were the soldier selfies. Now journalists in the Russian city of Pskov have confirmed the deaths of Russian paratroopers inside Ukraine, tracking the names of Russians that...
  • US Policing Steeped in Racism, Brutality, Misconduct, Abuse of Authority - Expert

    08/16/2014 8:17:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | August 16, 2014 | Lyudmila Chernova
    US policing is steeped racism, and its brutality, misconduct and abuse of authority is a national epidemic, President of Communities United Against Police Brutality Michelle Gross told RIA Novosti Saturday. "Policing, like much of the rest of American society, is steeped in racism," Gross stated. "Our organization's data on complaints received on our hotline indicate that Blacks are the victims in 60 percent of police brutality incidents. Further, anecdotal evidence shows that Blacks are more likely than any other group to die at the hands of law enforcement." The protests have been ongoing in Ferguson, Missouri since last Saturday, when...